Food and Friends

Every recipe in my recipe album has a reason for being there. Most are passed on by family or created in our own kitchen. But a select few (some of our favorites) are from friends. On each recipe I make sure to note who passed it on to us, when they first shared it with … More Food and Friends

Love and Difference

How do we reconcile love and difference? It’s a question we all must confront at some point or other, whether as fellow citizens, friends, siblings, daughters, sons, spouses, or parents. Particularly as parents. How we face this question doesn’t just affect us. It sculpts those born to trust in our guidance, love, and example. As Jim Sinclair, … More Love and Difference

Modern Family

What is a modern family? In the ’50s, it was the Ricardos, Nelsons, and Cleavers. In the ’60s, the Addams, Montgomerys, and Robinsons. In the ’70s, the Bradys, Jeffersons, and Bunkers. In the ’80s, the Ewings, Keatons, and Huxtables. In the ’90s, the Bowers, Tanners, and Simpsons. And in this century, the Sopranos, Pritchetts, and Bluths (my favorite). But there’s been another type of family growing in ranks … More Modern Family

Best Friends

Two years ago a lot of people lost their rock, friend, confidant, and biggest cheerleader. One of those people was Mae. Sue and Mae were best friends for more than 40 years. Mae wrote a piece about her friendship with Sue, and it gives me comfort to post it on this two-year anniversary. Mae was … More Best Friends

Giving Thanks

Our lives, in both good and bad times, are very much a product of the influential people who surround us. Today I’m acknowledging 10 such people in my life. (You might even be surprised by the last one.) I encourage you to do so, too, whether it’s by phone, handwritten letter, e-mail, or even a simple … More Giving Thanks